Indirect initiative statute
An indirect initiative statute is when statutes (laws) proposed by citizens through initiative do not go immediately to the ballot after a successful petition drive to collect sufficient valid signatures to qualify the measure.
Rather, once the signatures are collected, the law that the citizens are proposing must first be submitted to the state legislature for consideration. If the state legislature agrees to adopt the law, then it does not go to the ballot.
Currently there are nine American states that allow this type of initiative:
- Alaska. Alaska only allows the indirect initiative statute.
- Maine. Indirect only.
- Massachusetts. Indirect only.
- Michigan. Indirect only. In Michigan, statutes are indirect but constitutional amendments are direct.
- Nevada. Indirect only.
- Ohio. Indirect only.
- Utah. Utah allows direct and indirect initiated state statutes.
- Washington. Washington allows direct and indirect initiated state statutes.
- Wyoming. Indirect only.